Eternity in Our Hearts
The expectation of seeing Christ by sight in heaven must inform how we live by faith here on earth.
This side of eternity, the Christian life is like an engagement. It is lived in anticipation of the wedding day. As Christians, we live in between the already of our betrothal to Christ and the not-yet of the wedding feast of the lamb. We are to be like the bride-to-be who takes every occasion to... Continue Reading
6 Ways Jesus Radically Altered Marriage
Jesus radically altered the meaning and purpose of marriage in his day which sent shockwaves throughout history.
Jesus provides the means in this life to flee immorality, lust, and adultery through the marriage of one man to one woman. The Lord does not take this institution away but rather shows how grace triumphs over sinfulness. Christ first shows us how far sin enters our hearts, how deep the river of sin runs,... Continue Reading
On Its Own Terms: Rightly Reading Scripture, Part 3
I want to further develop the Bible’s “own terms” by focusing on how Scripture has come to us, not only over time but also by the progression of the biblical covenants.
Our reading of Scripture will carefully unpack how themes such as temple, land, sacrifice, priest, etc., unfold across the canon. But before we do, we must first ask whether God has “put together” his plan and revealed it to us in Scripture in such a way that there is a correct structuring or backbone to the Bible’s storyline that... Continue Reading
Most of Us Disagree With Jesus
The subject? Our pocketbooks. Jesus unashamedly talks about our money.
Those that find the stuff of theology airy, stuffy, boring or irrelevant surely have turned a deaf ear to the master Teacher, Jesus of Nazareth. And the problem lies neither with the message nor the Messenger. The problem, as G. K. Chesterton famously put it, is I. Against all such resistance, with unparalleled authority (see Matt. 7:28–29), Jesus... Continue Reading
Debt Is Not a Money Problem
Educating yourself about money is wise, and a budget can be practically helpful, but it cannot be our starting point.
It is both impossible and dangerous to solve personal debt by only talking about money. Like every other issue in our life, debt must be rooted in a distinctly biblical worldview. We must allow the gospel of Jesus Christ to correct our assumptions about debt and shape our spending. Otherwise, we won’t be able to... Continue Reading
The Fatherhood of God
We affirm God’s uniqueness and confess that salvation is found in Jesus alone when we say “our Father.”
In What is Christianity?, Harnack defined the essence of the Christian faith as the universal fatherhood of God and the universal brotherhood of man. Harnack’s indebtedness to liberalism, humanism, and universalism is apparent in his book as it denies the exclusivity of Christ. To be true to Scripture, we do affirm the universal Creatorhood of God, for... Continue Reading
What is Encouragement?
In my studies of Scripture, I see four main, overlapping ideas about what encouragement is.
We are designed and created to be vessels ready to receive the strength others can give to us. Everyone you know has very hard work to do. Perhaps it’s related to their vocation or their family or a season of suffering. Regardless, no one really has an easy life. And God has designated you to... Continue Reading
Learning from Example
When I read Jeremiah telling the King exactly what to do to keep Jerusalem from being destroyed by the Babylonians, I wanted to yell "Just do it already!"
King Zedekiah defied what God said through Jeremiah and in the end, he lost his family, his eyes, and lived the remainder of his life in prison (Jeremiah 39). As I read this, I thought to myself, “The king had a prophet of God speaking to him and he still did what he wanted to do.... Continue Reading
The Great Irony of Denying Human Depravity
We all know that people do bad things, but sin isn’t the post-modern answer.
One might debate that a serial killer is genetically predisposed to mass murder, while another theorizes that their inclination to do violence is a corollary of childhood trauma. While this is an interesting conversation it fails to get to the deeper reason of why we’re discussing nature and nurture in the first place. The starting... Continue Reading
Owen and Universal Redemption
The old Gospel's center of reference was unambiguously God. But in the new gospel the center of reference is man.
The old Gospel’s center of reference was unambiguously God. But in the new gospel the center of reference is man. This is just to say that the old Gospel was religious in a way that the new gospel is not. Whereas the chief aim of the old was to teach men to worship God, the concern of the... Continue Reading